“Circus Corty-Althoff — The Banola Family. Known as the greatest gymnasts in the world. The flying family.”
“Circus Busch. Saxon, the strongest Man in the World.”
The circus, as it we think of it today, originated in Britain in 1768 by inventor Philip Astley. Astley presented shows that included horse riding tricks, acrobats, music and clowns. None of these elements were new to the British public, but Astley was the first to combine them into a single show.